Chapter 2
Illustration by Haylee Bolinger

Girl In Wave : Wave in Girl

How would our world change if everyone could read and write? In this vision of the future, dazzling human enhancements like gills and wings are less transformative than universal literacy and an education system that is tuned to the neurological and cognitive needs of each individual learner. Grokking – a link that allows the user to share the memories and emotional journeys of another person – allows us to journey back to the moment when nanotechnology, learning theory, and neuroscience aligned to conquer illiteracy.

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Kathleen Ann Goonan is a science fiction author, educator, and critic. Her debut novel, Queen City Jazz (1994), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and her novel In War Times (2007) won the John W. Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. She is a visiting professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • Response to “Girl in Wave : Wave in Girl”

    Written by Erin Walker
    Erin Walker, Assistant Professor, School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University

    I am working on a project to assess learning using brain data, and this story does prompt me to further consider a natural extension of that line of research – can the brain be manipulated to accelerate learning?

  • Mad Scientist Island

    It’d be nice to start with a clean slate, without the pressure to make everything make work with existing systems, conform to building codes, or have to make money or sense this year. But I think that such a place, if it existed, would need oversight.

    – Michael Burnam-Fink

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